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Sasha Grey:

I Will NOT Quit

Reading to Schoolchildren

11/11/2011 11:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Sasha Grey
Porn legend Sasha Grey says she will NOT back out of a national elementary school reading program -- despite pressure from parents -- claiming she will "not live in fear" of her XXX past.

TMZ broke the story ... Grey -- who once won a Best Oral Sex award for her role in "Throat: A Cautionary Tale" -- participated in the "Read Across America" program at Emerson Elementary School in Compton, CA last week.

Afterward, the school received complaints for letting Grey around the kids. For the record, Grey has been out of the adult business for 2 years.

Now, Sasha has released a statement ... saying, "I committed to this program with the understanding that people would have their own opinions about what I have done, who I am and what I represent."

She adds, "I am an actor. I am an artist. I am a daughter. I am a sister. I am a partner. I have a past that some people may not agree with, but it does not define who I am."

"I believe in the future of our children, and I will remain an active supporter and participant in education-focused initiatives."

SASHA'S STATEMENT:

"I am proud to have participated in the "Read Across America" program at Emerson Elementary School in Compton, CA. I read “Dog Breath” by Dav Pilkey to the sweetest 1st and 3rd grade children.

 "Read Across America" is a program that was designed to promote literacy and instill a lifelong love of reading in elementary school students. Promoting education is an effort that is close to my heart. Illiteracy contributes to poverty; encouraging children to pick up a book is fundamental.

 I believe education is a universal right. I committed to this program with the understanding that people would have their own opinions about what I have done, who I am and what I represent.

 I am an actor. I am an artist. I am a daughter. I am a sister. I am a partner. I have a past that some people may not agree with, but it does not define who I am.

I will not live in fear of it. To challenge non-profit education programs is an exercise in futility, counter-productive and anti-educational.

I cannot thank my fans and 'Read Across America' enough for supporting my decision. Your support and kind words continue to inspire me. I believe in the future of our children, and I will remain an active supporter and participant in education-focused initiatives."


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76.

Hanging to da lef    

LAUSD, doesn't surprize me.

1079 days ago
77.

Warren    

She should teach sex ed!

1079 days ago
78.

deven    

I'm sure all those elementary children are pointing fingers and going "oh-no its a porn star". If those children know who she is, then maybe these parents need to take a look at themselves. I think its great she is in the school reading to children - because you don't approve of her "past" doesn't make her a bad person. Our children come into contact with people everyday that we know nothing about - I'm sure all those parents whose kids were at camp with Sandusky at Penn State thought they were save. Don't judge her.

1079 days ago
79.

georgia    

This s***bucket will do anything to get her name in the news.

1079 days ago
80.

melissa    

I would NEVER allow her to teach my children to read or ANYTHING else! Would you ALLOW her to babysit your kids for an hour?I would move my children to another school! Yet we took away the saying of the pledge of allegience in our schools,makes sense!

1079 days ago
81.

Glynn    

I'm sure the little kids don't know about her past. They just want someone to read to them. Lighten up parents.

1079 days ago
82.

Pimpcessa    

Don't most porn stars use stage names anyway? I mean, if that's not her real name anyway then what's the chance a kid can google her and know anything anyway? Unless of course your kid has access to porn sites and is just checking around to see if they recognize her. Just sayin..........

1079 days ago
83.

Kelly    

This is supposed to be about the children but has and will become about her & her porn past instead.
Its great to stick to ones guns and all that but just who are you really helping?

1079 days ago
84.

MeToo    

What is with porn whores wanting to work with children? Can't you find a job in retail or something. Plenty of people do work with children. They don't need someone who use to put baseball bats up her ass for a living to "mentor" them.

1079 days ago
85.

Necola Grigsby    

If it is OK for Madonna to write childrens books, then it should be Ok for her(Sasha) to at least read them. Did anyone see Madonna's Truth or Dare tour, and do not forget this was in the 80's, for that century that was just as bad. People need to stop being so judgmental of other peoples past, and look toward the future as Sasha is doing.

1079 days ago
86.

PSwan    

Good for her. Anyone getting off their butt to do something positive for our children gets my vote of confidence. Leave her alone. She's young, and will evolve many times throughout her life. She's not living in her past, why would anyone else?

1079 days ago
87.

Rob    

Good for her. It's not like she's teaching these kids to perform oral sex, like our s***bag President Clinton did. She's not in the business anymore and is trying to do something good for society. Congrats to her. And for all the sexually frustrated parents who are afraid of her....shut the hell up already.

1079 days ago
88.

Dan    

I wouldn't hire her as a teacher for her past. But she's VOLUNTEERING. She's reading to little children. Helping the community. What's wrong with that? It's not like the kids are going to remember her name let alone google her. Leave her alone...

1079 days ago
89.

Bob Dole    

So... she got paid to do things on film that these pretentious parents do off camera (likely for the same reason, in a round-about way), and she's too [insert derogatory phrase] to be around kids? I didn't know first and third graders knew who Sasha Grey was...or what she's capable of.

1079 days ago
90.

ginny    

good for her, she should not stop because of ******* bigots!
was she performing sex acts in front of the class?

1079 days ago
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